We love the ornamental pear trees! [Peaking our interest, news, May 6] When our parkway tree had to come down, Jim Smelka from the forestry department was extremely helpful in suggesting a replacement. We opted for the pear and were surprised to see it bloom just one year after it was planted – it’s beautiful! Thanks, Jim and the village, for making our block a bit more beautiful!

Lori Malinski
Oak Park

Editor’s note: The use of the word “peaking,” rather than “piquing,” in this caption last week was intended as a pun.

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